In pictures: Feast your eyes on the purest part of New Zealand

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WHETHER it is through word of mouth from those who have been or from The Lord of the Rings movies that you have seen, the one thing that rings true is New Zealand is 100 percent pure.

But no part of New Zealand is purer than Southland, a natural playground of unmatched beauty in the country’s southernmost region.

Located at the base of the Earth, Southland is quite literally the world’s backyard, unspoiled and beautiful both inside and out.

Blessed with emerald rainforests, fertile farmlands, and sweeping coastlines, Southland is an unparalleled nature and wildlife destination. The rugged, beautiful coastal region, coupled with its expansive and dramatic scenery, provides a fantastic setting for adventures such as cycling, surfing, fishing, hiking, or just brisk walking.

One of Southland’s most cherished assets is its coastline which stretches a staggering 3,400 kilometers, unmarred by development. Perfect for those who want to get off the beaten track, it invites travelers to be one with nature in tranquil surroundings.

Take a look at all that Southland has to offer:

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Getting there: The Queenstown International Airport is the closest international gateway to Southland. Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand both offer a number of direct daily flights to Queenstown from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.